Haiku 2011

In 2011, I began writing a haiku poem each month to intersect my present emotional state with the seasonal changes of the year. Due to the emotional turmoil at the end of the year, this trailed off. Despite this, it was a useful exercise.

I’ve read some truly beautiful haiku that manage to capture both a feeling and a moment in time perfectly. Mine always seem too obvious or too abstract, too cheesy or too forced. Ah well, I’ll keep writing and sharpen my skills…Even if they aren’t beautiful, they help me express a feeling by identifying a metaphor.

January
No turning back now
You cannot un-realize truth
New year, fresh snow – go

February
Cover of darkness
Icy layers form a shield
Impenetrable?

March
Warmth tentatively
grazes my face, Winds scatter
cool air, uncertain.

April
water unceasing
wash it away, can’t keep up
No one to hate, love

May
Senses overwhelmed
Vernal cacophony – stop!
Pause for this moment

June
Sliver moon soon gone
Clouds obscure, spinning darkness
But you know the way

July
Should I dance or cry?
Warm rain drops while sun looks on
Bittersweet summer

August
Deep below the ground
something old and forgotten
is stirring inside

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